Check It Out

Check It Out by Anne Marshall Showcased Book of the Week

Though it may be only a small emerald isle, in the middle of the sea, Ireland's heritage is very large. Its rich history of literature and lore has inspired imaginations for hundreds of years. In Pot O' Gold, noted writer Kathleen Krull and beloved illustrator David McPhail bring this legacy to life. Created for families, this anthology compiles classic and rare examples of Irish culture, including stories, poems, songs, recipes, and even a little blarney. From legends of leprechauns and fairies to the classic poetry of Yeats and Joyce, this treasure invites children, parents and grandparents to share the wonders of Ireland.

In the past few years we have heard and read much of the historic expedition of Lewis and Clark. Did you know a black slave known as York also took part in this adventure? Working along-side free men, he paddled boats, lugged provisions, climbed mountains, and built shelters for the Corps of Discovery. Throughout the journey, York significantly helped foster friendly relations with many different Native American tribes whose goodwill was vital to the expedition's success. Newbery Honor Award winner, Rhonda Blumberg, gives readers and unusual perspective as she draws on Clark's journal entries to reveal York's importance. York's Adventures with Lewis and Clark: An African-American's Part in the Great Expedition is insightful, historically correct, and leaves the reader with a clear understanding of life as an American slave years before the Civil War.

These new additions can be found in the Children's New Book Area of the library.

Online Book Club

The Online Book Club Chapter-a-Day offers many selections to Internet patrons. Each book will run five days (Monday-Friday), with a new book starting every Monday. Check out this service by registering at the library's Web site,, and clicking on the book club logo. Selections for the week of March 8 will be:

Audio Book: No selection for this week.

Business: Leadership Presence, by Belle Linda Hapern & Kathy Lubar.

Fiction: Cooking For Harry, by Kay-Marie James.

Good News: Halos, by Kristen Heitzmann.

Horror: Way of the Wolf, by E.E. Knight.

Mystery: Someone to Watch Over Me, by Judith McNaught.

Non-Fiction: The Nose, by Gabrielle Glaser.

Pre-Pub: No selection for this week.

Romance: Then Came You, by Lisa Kleypas.

Science Fiction-Fantasy: Crossfire, by Nancy Kress.

Teen Book: China's Son, by Da Chen.

VPL Announcements

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance is a program offering free federal income tax preparation and e-filing to low-income, elderly, and non-English speaking taxpayers. Those interested in receiving this free assistance are asked to bring their W-2 and 1099 forms along with their last year's tax return and any other pertinent tax information to the Vermillion Public Library from 6-8 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday nights. This service will be available until April 14. Walk-ins and appointments are accepted. For more information please call Dylan Wilde at 670-5294.

The Friends of the Vermillion Public Library will gather at the library on Tuesday, March 9 at 7 p.m.

The annual Library Sleepover will be held starting on Friday, March 19 and run until 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 20. Children in third through sixth grade are invited to attend. Parental permission slips must be signed before children will be allowed to stay and will include a list of items to bring. Stop by the library for more information and to pick up a permission slip.

The Vermillion Public Library Book Club will hold its monthly discussion next on Thursday, March 25 at 7 p.m. This month's book is Upside Down: A Primer for the Looking Glass World, by Eduardo Galeano and Jose Guadalupe Posada. The book club is open to the public and is free of charge. For more information on the book club, please call the library at 677-7060.

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